With three of the nine Pac-12 bowl games in the books, we’ve already seen some outstanding performances on both sides of the ball one-third of the way through.
And since everyone is still suffering from a post-prime rib Christmas hangover, we thought we’d burn some extra calories by requiring you to click the mouse a couple of times with a poll.
Which Pac-12 player has shined the brightest so far from the bowl games involving Washington State, USC and Oregon State? The conference is off to a 2-1 start, and all three teams have scored at least 38 points, with WSU and USC getting into the 40s.
Here are your options:
Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State: In a losing effort, Halliday threw for 410 yards and six touchdowns and was named the Offensive Player of the Game in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. He has the unpleasant honor of being the first quarterback in bowl history to throw for six touchdowns and lose. But his effort shouldn’t be overlooked.
Cody Kessler, QB, USC: He saved one of his strongest performances of the year for the finale, completing 22 of 30 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. All four touchdown passes came in the first half.
Marqise Lee, WR, USC: In what was likely his last game as a Trojan, Lee looked every bit like the 2012 Biletnikoff winner, hauling in seven catches for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He finished with 137 all-purpose yards.
Rashaad Reynolds, DB, Oregon State: Reynolds proved 'tis better to receive than give by collecting a pair of fumbles and returning them for touchdowns in the win over Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The first was as 3-yard return for a touchdown that gave the Beavers a 17-3 lead. The second was a 70-yard return to put OSU up 24-6 in the second quarter.
Storm Woods, RB, Oregon State: What’s that you say? Defense and a running back? Who are these Beavs? But Woods turned in a hard-nosed effort, rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown on a 6.7-yards-per-carry average.